Noting that there were different perception of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh, Army Chief Gen Deepak Kapoor has said India would be "as much blameworthy" as the Chinese side for incursions on the two sides.
He, however, said that border infrastructure on the Chinese side was better than that of India, giving them an "additional capability to bring additional troops", and the Indian government is "seriously looking" into this "disparity".
"I think a degree of misperception has been built on this issue of incursions.. First and foremost, it is a matter of perception. The Chinese have a different perception of the LAC as do we. When they come up to their perception, we call it an incursion and likewise they do," Kapoor said in an interview on a private news channel.
He said that the level of total number of incursions in 2007 is "somewhat similar to what it has been in the past. So, the feeling that too many incursions have taken place into Indian territory is not right."
Asked whether Indian troops also incur into Chinese territory as often because of differences of perception about the LAC, the army chief replied: "That's right... Which they would call an incursion into their side. So, therefore, to that extent, we would be as much blameworthy for that kind of incursion up to our perceived LAC."
Kapoor dismissed media perception that Chinese incursion were a sign of muscle-flexing by Beijing indicating something worse to come. (PTI)
Credit: Headlines India
New Delhi, Saturday, February 23, 2008 (15:06:58)
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